Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a 28-year-old Pleasant Hill man for allegedly abandoning the body of a stillborn baby.
Matthew Scroggs was charged with abandonment of a corpse and for tampering with a motor vehicle.
On Nov. 4, deputies contacted Pleasant Hill police after they received a report of a possible stolen vehicle and illegal drug activity at Scroggs’ home, 304 Cline St.
The report also made allegations that his wife had given birth to a child on Oct. 7 who had died, and that Scroggs had disposed of the baby’s body.
Police drove by the residence at 6 p.m. and identified a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis missing from Kansas City. Officers took Scroggs into custody for possession of the stolen vehicle.
During questioning, Scroggs granted permission to police to search the residence and an outbuilding on the property for illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
Police found an assortment of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.
While searching the detached garage at the home, officers also observed a blue, plastic feeder bucket sitting on the floor of the garage near the door.
The bucket was filled to the brim with hardened concrete that appeared to have been freshly poured.
The discovery of the bucket led officers to believe that it could contain evidence consistent with the allegations that Krystal Scroggs had delivered a baby and that he had disposed of the body.
Police then conducted another interview with Scroggs, who admitted that Krystal Scroggs had miscarried at five months gestation.
Scroggs also told investigators that he had helped deliver the stillborn male child, which he then put into the bucket and filled with concrete.
Later in the evening, the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene to remove the bucket containing the remains of the Scroggs’ child.
Medical examiners removed the body of the baby and other child-related items from the concrete.
A full autopsy was conducted but results are pending analysis from the lab.
Scroggs was arraigned Thursday, Nov. 21, and is being held in the Cass County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Case review is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.